28.09.2018 Current Theater Reference Projects 2018

06.08.2018 LIFTKET acquires all shares in ChainMaster

30.11.2017 Training programme for chain hoists and controllers at ChainMaster - Dates for 2018

03.11.2017 D8plus StageOperator Reference Projects

27.09.2017 ChainMaster expands the CM-820 controller series with a 12-ch controller

12.12.2016 Training programme for chain hoists and controllers at ChainMaster - Dates for 2017

18.01.2016 Training programms for chain hoists and controllers at ChainMaster - Dates for 2016

07.04.2015 Livedesign - Elite Multimedia Adds Clay Paky Mythos, B-EYE K10s, ChainMaster Motors

07.04.2015 L&S America - Elite Multimedia Expands Inventory with ChainMaster Motors

07.04.2015 PLSN - Elite Multimedia Expands Inventory with Clay Paky Gear

07.04.2015 Creative Planet Network - Elite Multimedia Expands Inventory with ChainMaster Motors

07.04.2015 Sound&Video Contractor - Elite Multimedia Expands Inventory with ChainMaster Motors

07.04.2015 DMN Newswire - Elite Multimedia Expands Inventory with ChainMaster Motors

24.02.2015 ProMediaNews - ChainMaster Load-2-Net - graphical logging of load values

16.10.2014 Production Partner 03/2014 - 20 Years of ChainMaster

02.07.2014 EventElevator - Udo Lindenberg-Tour 2014 - Equipmentliste (96 ChainMaster Kettenzüge im Einsatz)

02.07.2014 EventElevator - Udo Lindenberg-Tour 2014 - Reportage

30.06.2014 Eventtechniker - Training Program 2014

30.06.2014 PMA - Training Program 2014

18.06.2014 TPI Magazine - CHAINMASTER TURNS 20

16.06.2014 PLSN - Chainmaster Hoists a Stein to 20 Years in the Business

05.03.2014 Major project for ChainMaster at the Olympics in Sochi

06.12.2013 Gewandhaus Leipzig expanded ChainMaster chain hoists

21.11.2013 Martin Dubiel consolidates order processing at ChainMaster

21.11.2013 Training Schedule

 

28.09.2018

Twenty-five years after the launch of ChainMaster products, the company based in Saxony, Germany, has grown to become one of the world's leading manufacturers of hoist technology in the event industry, offering a comprehensive range of products for everything from set-up operations and complex scenic movements, to complete automation of theater and opera house performances around the globe.

   

The latest reference projects for the chain hoist specialists from Eilenburg include the Zaryadye Concert Hall and the Helicon Theater in Moscow, Russia. For the Zaryadye Concert Hall, twenty-four chain hoists with 500 kg load capacity and twenty chain hoists with 1000 kg load capacity were integrated into the existing in-house control system. The new hoists are equipped with absolute value encoders and load measuring cells and comply with DGUV V17 (formerly BGV-C1). The installation was carried out by the local sales and installation partners Stroyscirc and Doka Center. In the Helicon Theater, they decided on a chain hoist system for the set-up operation in accordance with DGUV V17. The system consists of thirty-two chain hoists with 500kg load capacity and a ChainMaster Protouch StageOperator control. The technical implementation also was realized by Doka Center.

In the course of the modernization of the Gessneralle Theater in Zurich, twenty-eight existing BGV-C1 chain hoists with a load capacity of 800kg were updated. The choice was made to install the Protouch StageOperator system here as well. The chain hoists were equipped with incremental encoders and load-measuring shackles in the Eilenburg factory and subjected to a UVV (accident prevention regulations) test before reinstallation. ChainMaster offers a variety of upgrade solutions for existing first-generation chain hoists, ranging from set-up operations to SIL3-certified scenic use, to allow customers to further utilize their hoists.

Another outstanding project in the field of theater installation is the renovation of the overhead machinery in the Kremlin State Palace Theater Moscow. In 2003, ChainMaster supplied a chain hoist system with computer control, which, after 15 years of reliable work, is being replaced by the current SIL3-certified XYZ Control System. The number of chain hoists has increased from forty fixed-speed drives to fifty-four new drives with 500kg load capacity and variable speed control up to 19m/min. The technical implementation is being carried out by the partner companies SIM and Stroyscirc and should be completed by the end of the year.

 

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06.08.2018

LIFTKET Hoffmann GmbH has acquired all shares in ChainMaster Bühnentechnik GmbH effective on 1 August 2018. LIFTKET, a leading manufacturer of electric chain hoists, has been supplying ChainMaster for over 20 years. This event and stage technology specialist develops automated hoist systems including control, software, and operator interfaces. ChainMaster will continue operations as a separate company with its established ChainMaster brand and its facility in Eilenburg near Leipzig. Company founders Susanne Hartung and Frank-Rainer Hartung remain managing directors. LIFTKET CEO Jürgen Dlugi plans to grow the stage segment, benefiting customers and employees of both companies. Both ChainMaster and LIFTKET supply international markets and work with qualified local partners for customer service and sales. The companies enforce a rigorous quality and safety management. At ChainMaster as well as at LIFTKET, product development and services are closely guided by customer requirements. The two companies will continue to develop and manufacture hoists for precise and safe positioning of lighting and sound equipment and other loads. Both LIFTKET in Wurzen and ChainMaster in Eilenburg are located near the city of Leipzig, in the dynamic industrial region of Saxony. The excellent situation of the labor market for qualified professionals as well as good infrastructure provide optimal conditions for further growth.

About LIFTKET

LIFTKET Hoffmann GmbH is an internationally renowned manufacturer of electric chain hoists with payloads ranging from 125 kg to 25,000 kg. At the company headquarters in Wurzen, Germany, currently about 250 employees develop and manufacture solutions for the three business segments industry, custom, and stage. A strong network of service and sales partners ensure customer-oriented stock-keeping, maintenance, and repair. LIFTKET manufactures modular electric chain hoists for virtually every application that involves the safe and precise lifting of loads. Founded in 1948 by Dietrich Hoffmann, the company initially developed agricultural equipment before specializing and exclusively focusing on electric chain hoists from 1953. Hoffmann's innovations, namely the horizontal assembly of motor and gearbox and the formerly patented safety-brake/clutch system, still set the standard for electric chain hoists.

About ChainMaster

ChainMaster Bühnentechnik GmbH is an autonomous subsidiary of LIFTKET Hoffmann GmbH since 1 August 2018. Founded in 1996, the company is headquartered in Eilenburg near Leipzig, Germany. It is specialized in electric chain hoists and chain hoist controllers for theaters, sports arenas, concerts, and other events and venues according to the German safety regulations BGV-D8, D8 Plus, and BGV-C1. ChainMaster produces partly and fully automated systems for worldwide use according to international regulations and safety standards. The comprehensive product portfolio includes a SIL3 control system compliant with IEC/EN 61508. A global network of consulting offices, sales partners, and trained service providers ensures direct customer support anytime and anywhere.

 

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30.11.2017

Dates for 2018

ChainMaster Bühnentechnik GmbH is once again in 2018 organizing training seminars devoted to BGV D8 / D8plus chain hoists and controllers. These will be held in the 38th calendar week.

Those attending the workshops under the direction of Matthias Pohl and Stephan Geidel will obtain an overview of the SQ P2 standards as well as the proper handling, maintenance and testing of ChainMaster chain hoists. The requisite information will be presented in both theoretical and practical form. Participants will learn to conduct tests and perform adjustments to the various safety devices unassisted. They will also obtain the knowledge needed to select the right chain hoists and controllers for different applications and environments. Participants will then be tested and personal certificates issued to all who successfully complete the course.

The courses run from Monday to Wednesday and involve both the theory and the practice of handling BGV D8 / D8plus chain hoists. They cover the legal fundamentals as well as the equipment, construction and manner of operation of chain hoists and their controllers.

Outside the dates listed, courses can be booked separately by companies and educational institutions. Further information concerning the courses can be found at  www.chainmaster.de.

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03.11.2017

Safe setup-operation according to SQ P2

The D8plus StageOprator Series CM-850 was developed for the safe setup-operation of chain hoists corresponding to SQ P2 in direct control or low-voltage control and was presented for the first time to the public at the Prolight & Sound 2016. On the basis of its intuitive software and the integrated touchscreen the D8plus StageOperator offers a high level of operating comfort for mobile applications or in permanent fixed installations. The integration of load measuring cells ensures a secured operation according SQ P2.

         

In addition to an overload value, which leads to a complete shutdown when reached, the user can also specify an additional warning range.  The applied load values are clearly shown on the displays of the motor controllers and operating units. In addition, you can switch to a diagram mode in which the load history is displayed graphically in real time. The modern network technology also allows the configuration of the equipment from a network integrated PC on a browser basis or remotely over the Internet. Depending on the operating unit used, up to eight system parts, each with a maximum of 48 or 96 drives, can be configured.

To ensure an optimal overview, the drives can be arranged on importable hall plans and CAD drawings, which can be imported into the control system via the integrated USB and EtherNet interfaces. Password management ensures different users access with flexible usage rights. In addition to a variety of different control units with touchscreens up to 17 ", radio control units are also available.

The first reference projects include the Effenaar Concert Hall in Eindhoven, Netherlands, and the Ballerup Superarena in Denmark. The Effenaar Concert Hall installed 52 D8plus chain hoists with bearing loads of 250 and 500kg. Each chain hoist is equipped with a 2-track gear limit switch, a load cell shackle and a 24VDC contactor control. For this project, a 17" D8plus StageOperator controller station is used. In addition, a radio remote control with a 7" touchscreen can be activated. The Ballerup Super Arena uses 40 chain hoists with a load of 500kg in accordance with D8plus, which include direct control with external limit switches and load measuring cells. The drives are controlled using a wireless console with a 17" touch screen. Other reference projects include the City Forum in Euskirchen, the Congress and Exhibition Centre in Innsbruck and a sports and training centre for the German armed forces.

"Increased safety awareness regarding load detection is clearly reflected in the requirements of users and planners.  With our extensive product portfolio of control systems and various equipment options for our chain hoists, we can react flexibly to customer requirements and offer fitting solutions,” commented Alexander Hartung.

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27.09.2017

Modular and flexible

Due to high demand, ChainMaster Bühnentechnik GmbH is extending the proven CM-820 control series with a 12-channel controller for direct-controlled chain hoists compliant with BGV-D8 / DGUV V54 and D8plus.

The linkable control unit for 12 chain hoists consists of a compact and robust 19" steel housing with 6U. On the front side are clear directional pre-selectors with LED directional pre-selection display, on the rear are 3 multicore outputs for four drives of up to 1kW motor power and 2 grounding sockets for external loads.

In addition to integrated phase and rotary field control, further product features include a main contactor for the GO signal and a monitored emergency stop contactor. LEDs on the front panel indicate all operating states. The accessories required for link operation are included.

"With the CM-820 control series, even growing companies can realize projects with higher demands and more drives. These controllers can be used on their own for smaller projects, in collaboration with partner companies, or can be rented as additional controllers."

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12.12.2016

Dates for 2017

ChainMaster Bühnentechnik GmbH is once again in 2017 organizing training seminars devoted to BGV D8 / D8plus chain hoists and controllers. These will be held in the 39th calendar week.

Those attending the workshops under the direction of Matthias Pohl and Stephan Geidel will obtain an overview of the SQ P2 standards as well as the proper handling, maintenance and testing of ChainMaster chain hoists. The requisite information will be presented in both theoretical and practical form. Participants will learn to conduct tests and perform adjustments to the various safety devices unassisted. They will also obtain the knowledge needed to select the right chain hoists and controllers for different applications and environments. Participants will then be tested and personal certificates issued to all who successfully complete the course.

The courses run from Monday to Wednesday and involve both the theory and the practice of handling BGV D8 / D8plus chain hoists. They cover the legal fundamentals as well as the equipment, construction and manner of operation of chain hoists and their controllers.

Outside the dates listed, courses can be booked separately by companies and educational institutions. Further information concerning the courses can be found at  www.chainmaster.de.

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18.01.2016

Dates for 2016

ChainMaster Bühnentechnik GmbH is once again in 2016 organizing training seminars devoted to BGV D8 / D8plus chain hoists and controllers. These will be held in the 37th calendar week.

Those attending the workshops under the direction of Matthias Pohl and Stephan Geidel will obtain an overview of the SQ P2 standards as well as the proper handling, maintenance and testing of ChainMaster chain hoists. The requisite information will be presented in both theoretical and practical form. Participants will learn to conduct tests and perform adjustments to the various safety devices unassisted. They will also obtain the knowledge needed to select the right chain hoists and controllers for different applications and environments. Participants will then be tested and personal certificates issued to all who successfully complete the course. 

The courses run from Monday to Wednesday and involve both the theory and the practice of handling BGV D8 / D8plus chain hoists. They cover the legal fundamentals as well as the equipment, construction and manner of operation of chain hoists and their controllers.

Outside the dates listed, courses can be booked separately by companies and educational institutions. Further information concerning the courses can be found at  www.chainmaster.de.

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05.03.2014 

From 7 to 23 February, the global elite of winter sports will be gathering in the Russian town of Sochi for the XXIIth Winter Olympics, in the hunt for gold, silver and bronze medals. In all, since the games were awarded to Sochi, eleven competition venues have been created in and around the Black Sea resort. In equipping several of the venues in the Olympic Park, the organizers have relied inter alia on the know-how of ChainMaster of Eilenburg; numerous products from the range of the manufacturer of chain hoists and lifting gear are being employed at the Sochi games. ChainMaster has been active in Russia and the neighbouring states since 1998, and in 2004 opened ChainMaster Consulting Office Russia.


   

In addition to several smaller projects, ChainMaster’s activities in Sochi have mainly centred on equipping the Bolshoy Ice Dome and the Iceberg Skating Palace, each of which is capable of accommodating up to 12,000 spectators. It is planned to stage the ice hockey matches in the Bolshoy Ice Dome and the artistic and short track ice skating events in the Iceberg Skating Palace.

        

In each of these arenas, ChainMaster equipment forms part of a variety of installations – most notably the system for raising and lowering the two giant video cubes. Here, safety was the paramount concern governing the choice of equipment, the objects in question being extremely heavy. Four ChainMaster dual-chain BGV D8 Jumbo Lifts capable of lifting safely up to twelve tons have therefore been assigned to each cube.

Designed for heavy loads, these hoists are controlled using a Pro Touch StageOperator solution from the CM 880 series, which boasts load measurement and user-friendly positioning functions. The CM 880 series displays loads and positions continuously, the overload and underload thresholds being freely configurable. Furthermore the system offers synchronous run supervision for fixed-speed chain hoists as well as the possibility of programing both relative and absolute target runs for single, line and distributed loads. Safe hoisting of the loads is therefore assured even when, as is here the case, they are being raised to heights in excess of 30 metres.

In the Bolshoy Ice Dome, ChainMaster also provided the pre-rig for the flag system typically seen at international sporting events. For this, the company’s experts installed 108 ChainMaster D8 Plus rigging lifts, each with a safe working load of 250 kg and a limit switch function, governed by an 128-channel control system from the CM 801 series.


            

In the Iceberg Skating Palace, ChainMaster also paved the way for the rigging of the sound system and structure of lighting trusses. For the audio system, four ChainMaster D8 hoists with dual brakes combined with the ChainMaster Pro Touch StageOperator were used, whilst for the lighting trusses, the specialists from Eilenburg opted for sixty ChainMaster D8 rigging lifts with brake functions controlled by a 64-channel system from the CM 801 series.

The controllers of the CM 801 series offer, depending upon the requirement profile, central and de-centralized control systems assembled from more than 40 components that are all compatible with one another, such as motor distributors and operating elements. They are suitable for the direct control of all ChainMaster D8/D8 Plus chain hoists.

All the material supplied will remain in use when the Winter Olympics are over, as it can be employed in a very wide variety of configurations without any conversion measures being required. Furthermore, the CM 801 series is upwards compatible with the CM 880 series, which opens the door to still further possible uses.

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06.12.2013

Bereits im Januar 2012 hatte das Gewandhaus zu Leipzig in eine neue ChainMaster Kettenzuganlage nach SQP2 D8Plus investiert. Jetzt wurde die Anlage weiter ausgebaut.

Gewandhaus Leipzig       
Gewandhaus Leipzig

Die Installation im vergangenen Jahr umfasste ein 16-kanaliges „RiggingLift“-Steuerungssystem zum Anschluss von bis zu 16 direktgesteuerten ChainMaster Kettenzügen. Mit Hilfe dieser Steuerung können Kettenzüge betrieben werden, die mit einer Lastmesseinheit für Über- und Unterlastabschaltung sowie einem Inkrementalgeber für die Positionierung ausgerüstet sind. Die Bedienung der Anlage erfolgt bequem über ein Wireless-Farb-Touchpanel 8,4‘‘ der Protouch StageOperator Serie.

Die ChainMaster Kettenzüge können mit dieser Steuerung nicht nur millimetergenau positioniert werden; durch die integrierte Zielspeicherfunktion können außerdem voreingestellte Zielpositionen praktischerweise immer wieder verwendet werden. Für jeden angeschlossen Antrieb können darüber hinaus frei einstellbare Abschaltpunkte für Über-/Unterlast nach Wunsch eingestellt werden.

              

Dazu Bernd Schöneich, Technischer Leiter im Gewandhaus Leipzig: „2012 haben wir die ersten Kettenzüge im Gewandhaus eingesetzt. Dabei wurde die Anlage so ausgewählt, dass eine Erweiterung jederzeit möglich ist. Mit den bisher eingesetzten Kettenzügen von ChainMaster waren wir sehr zufrieden, sodass wir uns entschieden haben, diese Anlage möglichst schnell weiter auszubauen.“

Zum Oktober 2013 wurde diese Anlage erweitert: In diesem Zusammenhang sind neue ChainMaster Kettenzüge vom Typ D8Plus 250 kg sowie eine weitere 16-kanalige „RiggingLift“ Steuerungseinheit in das bestehende System integriert worden. Dem Gewandhaus wird dadurch die komfortable Bedienung von bis zu 32 Antrieben mit dem ProTouch StageOperator ermöglicht – was eine deutlich erhöhte Flexibilität im Hinblick auf die Anforderungen der unterschiedlichen Veranstaltungen bedeutet. Der modulare Systemaufbau der Steuerung bietet darüber hinaus auch in Zukunft noch viele Möglichkeiten zur Vergrößerung der Kettenzuganlage und ist damit prädestiniert für stetig wachsende Veranstaltungshäuser wie dem Leipziger Gewandhaus.

„Wichtig für uns ist ein einfaches und sicheres Handling der Anlage“, meint Bernd Schöneich. „Aufgrund der hohen Veranstaltungsdichte im Gewandhaus wird die Kettenzuganlage von einem relativ großen Benutzerkreis bedient. Deshalb sind gerade der Schutz gegen Überlast und die Positionierungsmöglichkeit für einen sicheren Betrieb von großer Bedeutung. Ein weiterer Vorteil besteht natürlich auch darin, dass die Kettenzüge äußerst flexibel einsetzbar sind und sich an vielen Positionen im Saal einsetzen lassen. Damit können wir sicherstellen, dass überall im Saal Lastmittel zur Verfügung stehen.“

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